These creationist museums seem to be popping up all over the place. The latest here in Florida is “Noah’s Park” at the Middle Florida Baptist Assembly grounds near Branford at Pickett Lake in Lafayette County. Of course, these folks are free to talk about dinosaurs floating around on Noah’s Ark, but take a look at who they wish to target with their nonsense.
Dampier added that Baird’s presentations at Vacation Bible Schools, homeschool groups, and public or private schools is a good opportunity for youth primarily taught the theory of evolution to be exposed to a biblical worldview.
“He’s doing his ministry and as he goes to churches and schools and other things like that he’s also going to promote the assembly ground,” Dampier said. “So we’re trying to help him and help us also.”
Baird, who is a former lecturer for an apologetics ministry, Answers in Genesis, said having a permanent place for the museum allows him to make it more attractive, making it easier to attract public school groups.
“If you went to what they would call a normal museum they’d give you all their evolutionary dogma,” Baird said. “They don’t tell you that they’re giving you evolution and it’s not that I have … to say I’m a Bible-believing creationist; I just present the evidence.”
The museum and assembly grounds gives an “entertaining way to preach at ’em,” Baird said.
“People who may not go to church … still get some biblical influence … as they come to look at the telescope or come to a planetarium presentation or come breezing through the museum,” Baird said. “And that’s what it’s all about.”
In contrast to the creationists’ misuse of their fossils, the Plantation Historical Museum (Broward County) is hosting a dinosaur display featuring Cheryll the triceratops. Now, there’s the real thing being used for a good purpose.
”This is a very nice find,” said Robert DePalma, assistant curator of paleontology at the Palm Beach museum, who was on the team that discovered Cheryll. “It’s especially great for museums because this is the kind of things kids love, and it makes a great teaching tool.”
”Everyone loves dinosaurs,” Pascucci said. “Even though there were no dinosaurs in southern Florida, people want to see them.”